Whether she’s layering oils or finger-mixing pastels, artist Lyn Barnes celebrates the outback through her vibrant picture stories.

Story By Annabelle Brayley

Visitors to certain parts of the inland are often astonished to find that the red is really, really red, the blue is really, really blue and everything else depends on the time of the day. Even in the early morning or late afternoon, when the colours are washed with the luminosity of a low-slung sun, the reds and blues are still vibrant and nowhere more so than around Quilpie, the remote south-western Queensland home of artist Lyn Barnes.
Her landscapes radiate heat and space. Her portraits glow with vitality and joy, and you can smell the sweat and leather in her pictures of working/racing/playing horses. She will elect any one of these three subjects as her favourite at any given time, depending on what she’s working on, but the outback is her true favourite and her self-appointed mission is to sell it to the world.

This Story is from Issue #95

Outback Magazine: June/July 2014